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Department of Finance

Type of Organisation
Australian Government Department


Employer Profile

Welcome to the Department of Finance. We are a central agency in the Australian Public Service (APS) and play a key role in supporting the government's agenda.


If you are looking for a challenging position with real responsibility and supportive colleagues, then consider a place on our team. You’ll gain exposure to a wide variety of work and access to key decision makers, with the government’s agenda at the heart of everything you do.


Our responsibility for advancing public sector reform is delivering excellence and value – ultimately enabling the government of the day to deliver and provide for all Australian citizens.


As a central government agency, we drive the delivery of the Australian Government’s Budget, supporting all agencies through the process and providing critical advice to the Government on all new policies and programs. We are also an agency with diverse responsibilities and your work will extend far beyond managing government expenditure. When you work with us, be prepared to change the game - with the way you work, the solutions you offer and the unique skill set you bring.

You’ll be making decisions and offering advice on:

  • The financial impacts, risks and merits of new policy proposals from across all government portfolios

  • the government's financial framework

  • managing the government’s shareholding in its assets. A past example was the sale of Medibank

  • the government's domestic property portfolio

  • delivering a range of tools and services to assist the work of parliamentarians and their staff

  • the government’s engagement with Government Business Enterprises such as the Australian Postal Corporation and Defence Housing Australia

  • modernising the public sector through better services to citizens and businesses

  • whole-of-government procurement

  • risk management

  • general insurance services to other government agencies


We recognise that our people are at the centre of the work we do and it is important that Finance staff feel valued and are happy to come to work each day. To make this a reality, we continue to build a culture that is:

  • Positive

  • Collaborative

  • Innovative

  • Curious

  • Delivery focused.


Work forms only one facet of our lives. Finance supports flexibility and takes into account the diversity of employees and their individual circumstances. Our workplace has been designed to foster a mobile and collaborative style of working. Employees are able to connect personal devices to the network and can arrange guest wifi for meetings.

We have an inclusive workforce which attracts, retains and supports employees from all diversity groups. We believe we are stronger and more productive if we fully develop and utilise the capabilities and experiences of people from varied backgrounds.


We have five diversity related networks which contribute to the positive culture of the department. These networks are the:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Staff Network

  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex Plus Network

  • Ability Network

  • Gender Equity Network

  • Emerging Leader’s Network.


You can also join the Finance Social Club, a team committed to empowering the Finance Community to take ownership of and steer the social culture. The Finance Social Club supports networks and groups and offers cultural, sporting and other social events that benefit the Community.

Locations where there are vacancies for Graduates 
Graduates are based in Canberra, with our main tenancy located in the leafy suburb of Forrest.

Residency requirements for Graduates wishing to apply

Australian Citizens only.


Roles available for Graduates 

As a member of the department’s graduate team, you will be supported through two 6-month work placements. Placements reflect the department’s priorities and where graduate skills and capabilities will be best used and developed. To give you the best opportunity to learn about the work we do, each placement will be in a different area of the business.

Degree subjects required for Graduates wishing to apply

We welcome all degrees.

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What do recent graduates say are the best things about working with us?

"Excellent remuneration and promotion opportunities, good training and development, access to senior leaders and involvement in policy decisions and meaningful work at the heart of government."

"Great exposure, interesting role and feels like you're making a difference."


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